Monday, May 20, 2013

Swirly Sourdough Brownies




I love when we do something sweet for Sourdough Surprises. And this month it's the sweetest of the sweet, Brownies! By now it must have dawned on everyone that adding sourdough starter to anything somehow makes it better. I don't know why this is, I'm a baker not a scientist Jim, but I just can't wait to discover the sweet new flavor sensations to come out of all this surprising sourdough magic.

Now, back to the brownies. There is no wrong way to make brownies. Sugar, chocolate or cocoa (or maybe not if you're making blond brownies), eggs, flour and butter. You can stop there or add X, Y and/or Z. You can keep it simple or make it as elaborate as the Taj Mahal. 

I'm sort of taking a middle road here. The brownies are simple but the swirly cheese topping just adds a bit of elan.  I started with my so so brownies and used a simple cream cheese, sugar and egg mixture for the topping. I'm not surprised by how awesome they turned out- chocolatey, sweet, moist and tangy, and they look just as good as they taste!

swirly sourdough brownies

1 & 3/4 cup raw cane sugar 
1 cup butter, melted and cooled

3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
 
1 cup sourdough starter
1 cup cocoa, sifted
1/2 whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 cup almond flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder


topping
1/2 cup cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup raw cane sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 

Preheat oven to 300 degrees, and butter and flour a 8 inch by 10 inch baking pan. In a large bowl whisk together sugar, melted butter, eggs, starter and vanilla extract. In another bowl stir together cocoa, flour, almond flour and baking powder.

Mix the dry ingredients into the wet and mix just until combined. Pour batter in to prepared pan and set aside.

In a stand mixer combine cream cheese, sugar, egg and vanilla extract and beat on medium until creamy. Scrap down the sides of the bowl and the beater as necessary and do not over mix. 

Drop the cheese topping on to the brownie batter and using a small spatula or a knife, cut into the batter and run it through with a swirly motion, first in one direction and then the other. 

Bake for 25-30 minutes or until tester comes out almost clean. Cool before cutting. Makes 15 to 20 brownies. 







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26 comments:

  1. I made similar brownies too!! I definitely need to try adding almond meal to my brownies.

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    1. I saw that, great minds think alike!! I'm a huge fan of almond meal, it makes things so moist and not for nothin but almonds are good for you : )

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  2. Cheesecake brownies are really the best of both worlds. Your swirls are so pretty - mine always end up looking like a disaster. I've never used almond meal for brownies, but it does great things for cakes in general so I bet it's good here too!

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    1. Thanks Korena, I've had a lot of practice swirling :D

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  3. Those are some beautiful, swirly brownies! Gorgeous pictures, too.

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  4. Those look absolutely sinfully delicious. I love a cream cheese/cheesecake swirl. It's beautiful and I bet it tasted amazing. Great brownies!!

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    1. Thanks Shelley, I think this is my one of my favorite Sourdough Surprises. Eveyone's brownies look yummalicious!!

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  5. Oh my! Those look so lovely - what a swirl expert! Plus chocolate and cheesecake - double drool!

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  6. Delicious brownies! I LOVE brownies with swirly cream cheese on them - yum, yum, yum! Yours turned out beautiful! Thanks for baking with us again this month!

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    1. Loved the Surprise this month! Thanks, it's always a pleasure to bake along!

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  7. Cream cheese and brownies, a match made in heaven
    I love how neat your swirls are :)

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  8. Read your post on your so so brownies (a clever name for something completely opposite to mediocre!) and I'm totally with you on using cocoa instead of chocolate. These look scrumptious!

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    1. Thanks Jane, next to baking I love word play!

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  9. These are beautiful and creative with cocoa powder and almond meal replacing more common ingredients. Well done!

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  10. I have to agree...cream cheese and brownies are made for each other~ Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

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  11. These look like the squares I see at Starbucks all the time. You make it look so easy...and delicious!

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    1. Thanks Monica! It's all in the wrist :D

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  12. Those look so good! After looking at all the challenge recipes I'm going to need to make brownies weekly...

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  13. Robyn, they look absolutely beautiful! The cheesecake swirls are just gorgeous and they much taste so good!

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